A modified Japanese longline system is the preferred method of mussel farming in New Zealand. This photograph is of a mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds. Long lines of rope are suspended between buoys (main image), from which are hung growing ropes or droppers. The droppers hang to depths of 7–10 metres, and are seeded with stockings filled with tiny mussels (inset).
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